Best Practices in Mathematics


Research-based Top Ten Strategies for Mathematics Achievement

Research findings indicate that certain teaching strategies and methods are worth careful consideration as teachers strive to improve their mathematics teaching practices. The following ten instructional practices are from "Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics: Part 1: Research Findings", by Douglas A. Grouws & Kristin J. Cebulla; December 2000 (Updated January 2002).

1.)  Opportunity to Learn
2.)  Focus on Meaning
3.)  Problem Solving
4.)  Opportunities for Invention and Practice
5.)  Openness to Student Solutions and Student Interactions
6.)  Small Group Learning
7.)  Whole-Class Discussion
8.)  Focus on Number Sense
9.)  Use Concrete Materials
10.) Use Calculators

This issue of The Practical Teacher will address each of the 10 instructional practices above and focus on best practices in mathematics

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